The Herald (Harare)

1 June 2013

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF in Massive National Campaigns

ZANU-PF has this weekend lined up a cocktail of activities to mobilise people to vote for the revolutionary party at the forthcoming harmonised elections set for this year. The party, which is

expecting a landslide victory, began the mobilisation exercise in earnest over the past weeks and appears satisfied with its preparations for the crunch election.

The country will hold the much awaited watershed elections this year after President Mugabe last week signed into law the new Constitution.

The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is expected to proclaim the date for the elections anytime soon after the Constitutional Court yesterday ordered him to proclaim dates for elections, which should be held by not later than July 31.

In separate interviews with The Herald, the revolutionary party's provincial heads said they had lined up a number of campaign activities that had started paying dividends as the party had reclaimed its popularity among Zimbabweans.

They said they were now waiting for the proclamation of the election date promising to reclaim seats lost to the MDC formations in the last elections.

"We will, starting this weekend, go all out to our grassroots to ensure that people come out in full force ahead of the new voter registration exercise that will be held soon," said Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Cde Dickson Mafios.

"We also want to ensure that all our structures are in place ahead of the elections because we do not want to leave anything to chance," Cde Mafios said.

He said the party was intensifying mobilisation of voters and revamping structures ahead of the crunch elections.

Cde Mafios said several rallies were lined up in Bindura, Rushinga and Muzarabani this weekend.

The provincial leadership also set up teams two weeks ago made up of youths, war veterans and members of the women's league to embark on a door to door campaign urging people especially the youths to register to vote.

Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Cde Ray Kaukonde expressed satisfaction with the party structures in the province.

"We have started mass mobilisation exercises throughout the province and it's paying dividends. As a province we are saying people should judge us by the results at the forthcoming elections because we will leave no stone unturned," said Cde Kaukonde.

"We want to ensure that we win everything in our province. We are ready for the elections. We know there are some challenges of indiscipline here and there but we will be convening an urgent meeting to deal with those problems."

Cde Kaukonde, however, said the provincial leadership was concerned about the negative reports they were receiving about the ill-treatment of locals by Chinese with companies in the province.

Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Mr Richard Moyo said they were confident of bringing to an end MDC formations' dominance in the province.

"We are very united going forward as a party. We are very confident of reclaiming the seats we have lost in the last elections. Most people are now coming back home after realising that MDC formations would not deliver anything.

"We have several mobilisation exercises that we have embarked on. We have launched mass mobilisation exercises at districts and ward levels. This is working because we are able to talk to people directly. All we need are resources so that we can continue with the exercise," he said.

Manicaland deputy chairperson Retired Lieutenant General Mike Nyambuya said the revolutionary party was now united in the province.

"We are working everyday, 24 hours a day to foster unity among our members and from what we are seeing it is working out. We are getting a good response and we will continue to work hard to ensure that we remove any disagreements in the province especially at this crucial hour.

"We are happy with the structures though one can never be 100 percent sure but from what we are witnessing we can say we are ready for the elections," said Rtd Lt Gen Nyambuya.

Zanu PF is running a campaign dubbed "Your Vote is Your Voice".

MDC formations are hesitant to go to the polls following an array of surveys that point to a Zanu-PF win due to its sound policies that appeal to Zimbabweans while MDC formations' policy documents are considered elitist and trying to promote foreigners ahead of locals.

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